Russia requests Bulgarian soonest decision on energy projects

RUSSIA

Russia asks Bulgaria to make the soonest decision concerning its participation in joint projects and is ready to supply all the necessary information, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov on Tuesday.

“We understand that the new government needs time to study materials, and we will provide that chance,” he said. “Our only request is that you make the decision as soon as possible.”

That may be done within a month, Borissov said. “This is a new government, so we have no information about the content of the agreements. That may be the reason for diverse opinions,” he said. Borissov said earlier Bulgaria might review the accords.

The Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline has been discussed for many years, although it is only 280 kilometers long, Putin said. “Meanwhile, we built 1,500 kilometers of a crude pipeline from East Siberia to the Chinese border and will soon build another 2,000 kilometers to the Pacific Ocean. The project started only two years ago. The Burgas-Alexandroupolis project has been under consideration for seven years. Just say ‘no’, and the question will be closed,” he said.

“All the joint projects aim to increase the Bulgarian status of a large European energy center,” Putin said.

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